The Clutter-Busting Handbook: Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free

The Clutter-Busting Handbook: Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free

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by Rita Emmett
     
 

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The Clutter-Busting Handbook offers practical advice on separating what you need or truly want from what you have been hanging onto for the wrong reasons.See more details below

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The Clutter-Busting Handbook offers practical advice on separating what you need or truly want from what you have been hanging onto for the wrong reasons.

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Publishers Weekly
Everyone has a corner in his or her home or office that has become a catchall for a wealth of stuff. In this entertaining read, Emmett (The Procrastinator s Handbook) aides clutter collectors in identifying When Enough Becomes Too Much and doles out advice on how to achieve and maintain an inviting and airy living space. A Recovered Pack Rat, Emmett argues that living or working in a cluttered environment can take a toll on one s physical and emotional well being: When you are surrounded by confusion, you feel confused; when you are surrounded by junk, you feel junky. This slim but thorough book helps readers tackle problem areas like closets and garages, and also includes tips on emptying e-mail accounts and clearing out ordinary paper clutter. Emmett lists 50 ways to get rid of and limit unwanted items, naming various charities and online auctions and making suggestions such as share magazine subscriptions with friends. Throughout, she includes helpful clutter quizzes that identify bad habits and gives readers practical tips on how to remain focused. With its sound advice and upbeat, encouraging tone, this book will motivate readers to get a jump on their spring cleaning. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802719294
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
308,486
File size:
4 MB

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The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free


By Rita Emmett Walker & Company

Copyright © 2005 Rita Emmett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780802777171


Chapter One

Computer Clutter

Some people say that the single best paper-clutter reducer is the computer. Well, it’s true that a piece of paper can be tossed once it’s entered into the computer, but then what about all that computer clutter?

All of the principles for getting control of paper apply to computer clutter as well. To say that you will return to an e-mail and handle it later is exactly the same as setting down a paper on your desk and putting off that decision.

Address the following areas of computer clutter each week. Delete:

• cookies (that is, text files stored on your computer from Web sites you’ve visited)*
• temporary Internet files
• contents of your recycle bin for PC or trash file for Macs
• junk mail
• old e-mails that mean nothing to you now
• old versions of any new programs you have installed
• cartoons and goofy pictures that your friends have sent you, and anything else in your download directory you don’t need

And just as with paper files, give your computer files names that mean something to you so you’ll be able to retrieve them.

Another tip: If you just need to skim a file, try to do so on thescreen and avoid printing it out. Otherwise, you will have added to your paper clutter.

*Cookies can track how often you visit a site, or save your logon name and password. Sometimes these files include graphics and sound files that gobble up a lot of computer memory.

E-mails
“I’ll finish reading all my new e-mails first. Then I’ll come back and reply to this one.” Such a plan inevitably leads to wild e-clutter. Treat e-mail – whether at home or at work – as you would treat your snail mail.

• Delete the junk mail without opening or reading it.
• Make decisions about e-mails the minute you open them.
• Reply to every one that you can right away.
• The ones that you cannot reply to immediately should be put in an “Urgent” file so you can get to them as soon as you have the time.
• After replying to an e-mail, delete it or set up a file folder for it.
• Rather than carrying each person’s e-mail to individual folders, group them in categories (friends, work, special interests, clutter tips, awaiting response)
• Don’t get sucked into forwarding jokes, poems, and stories when you don’t have the time to do so.
• Every time you start to write an e-mail, ask yourself, “Do I have time to do this? Is this the best use of my time right now?”



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